The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

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Tool frontman (and erstwhile New Times columnist) Maynard James Keenan

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The word on the street is that a new Tool record is in the works (or is, in fact, finished). Actually, that same word was on the street last year, and clearly the band's fifth record did not make an appearance. Yes, frontman Maynard James Keenan has been busy, between putting out Puscifer records, touring with A Perfect Circle, grape-stomping at his vineyard, and churning out a column for the Phoenix New Times. But I also don't believe that there's no chance he wasn't writing profusely for a new Tool album, as well.

"Schism," a favorite Tool jam

And even if the band members are the ones spreading the rumors of a new Tool album, we can always keep dreaming. But Maynard should know that means expectations will be super-high . . .

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Maynard James Keenan's New Times archive

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Ah, my favorite thrash angels of death. Even with guitarist Jeff Hanneman out for quite some time due to a flesh-eating bacterial disease, Slayer remained grounded, utilizing Exodus guitarist Gay Holt and Cannibal Corpses' Pat O'Brien to fill in for Hanneman. Slayer, to me, is one of those metal bands that literally can't put out a shitty album. But maybe that's because when I saw them at the Big 4 in Indio, they blew me away.

Slayer's "Raining Blood"

Maybe it's because vocalist Tom Araya was so sweet during an interview, or maybe it's because Reign in Blood is my foundation of death metal, averaging a speed of 220 beats per minute. Whatever it is, expect great things from Slayer this year.

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Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson

SOILWORK! One glaring omission from this list: AMON AMARTH! \m/

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

New Alice In Chains probably. The new Tool album always seems to take years, so your rumor is taken with a HUGE grain of salt, and as far as NIN, Trent said it was a goodbye to touring tour, no more intensive tour schedule, but plenty of new music, though he seems to be doing a lot with musical scores lately, so we'll see if he has an album of NIN material.

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